International Investing

International investing is the act of investing your money in foreign companies and markets to spread investment risk and take advantage of the potential for growth. Learn how to find new investment opportunities in Asia, Europe, and other global markets, to diversify your portfolio and more.

Guide to International Investing

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is international investing?

    International investing is the act of investing your money in securities of companies or markets located in other countries around the world. International investing allows you to diversify your portfolio and take advantage of opportunities for growth.

  • What are the pros and cons of international investing?

    Diversification and growth are two pros of international investing, but the cons lie in the risks associated with foreign investments. You may not have access to information like you do with U.S. securities, there may be other costs and fees, you’ll likely have to work with a broker or investment advisor, and more. Consult a financial professional before taking part in international investments.

  • Which markets are open for international investing?

    You can invest in international markets around the world, including Asia, Europe, Latin America, Canada, and more. 

  • How can you start investing in international stocks?

    You’ll need a brokerage account in order to begin investing in international stocks. Brokerage firms like Charles Schwab, Fidelity, Etrade, and more all offer investors access to international stocks. You can also invest in international stocks through mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Do your research before opening an account and only invest money you can afford to potentially lose.

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